Is the practice seeing fewer patients this year than previous years?
Do many of the patients not want to come in because they lost their job, thus do not have any health insurance?
Are they coming in less because they want to save on their copayments or maybe their deductibles went up?
Is your office not getting as many newborns as in the past?
How about school physicals? Are you doing less overall?
Did this season’s lackluster flu season put a hole in your practice’s bottom line?
How about RSV? Did you not see as many RSV cases this season as in the past?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I’d ask:
What are you doing about it?
If you said nothing, let me ask you this…
Are all the children in your practice vaccinated?
Has the practice’s entire patient panel had a well-child in the last 12-months?
Are patients less than two years old being seen according to AAP guidelines?
Are all the practice’s asthmatics followed up with properly?
What about ADHD patients? Has an attempt been made for those children to be brought in regularly to monitor their meds?
Are your obese kids being monitored properly?
Not only are you being proactive in your patient’s well-being (prevention is the best form of medicine), but we are also filling in the financial shortcomings.
Do you agree or disagree?